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Ian Urbina

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In The New York Times series “Outlaw Ocean,” Ian Urbina took readers on an eye-opening journey on the high seas, chronicling how the rule of law too often does not apply to international waters. Reporting from five seas and 14 countries, Urbina revealed that little is done about the thousands of seafarers, fishermen, and migrants who die at sea under suspicious circumstances each year or the unscrupulous shipping firms that intentionally dump enough oil into the oceans to rival the Deepwater Horizon and Exxon Valdez spills. Urbina’s series was brilliantly conceived and expertly told. “This is why we need newspapers,” one reader wrote. Added The Wall Street Journal: “incredible, readable, riveting series.”

 

BIOGRAPHY

Ian Urbina has been an investigative correspondent for The New York Times since 2010. Previously, he was the national desk’s mid-Atlantic bureau chief and a reporter for the Metro desk. Urbina was a member of the team of reporters that broke the story about then-New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and his use of prostitutes, a series for which the Times won a Pulitzer in 2009. His 2015 series, The Outlaw Ocean, won a George Polk Award in foreign reporting. Several of Urbina’s investigative pieces have been adapted to film. His series called “Drilling Down” about hydraulic fracturing was the impetus the 2012 Matt Damon film “Promised Land.”  Urbina has degrees from Georgetown University and the University of Chicago. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his family.

Article by Ian Urbina

Article by Ian Urbina

Article by Ian Urbina

Article by Ian Urbina

Article by Ian Urbina

 

 

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